AC/GC basketball experiences Wells Fargo Arena
The Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center (AC/GC) High School basketball teams experienced Wells Fargo Arena, home of the girls and boys state tournaments in Des Moines, in a doubleheader with Earlham High School on Thursday, December 15.
The Charger girls built a 19-15 halftime lead, and after giving up an 8-3 run in the third entered the fourth quarter down 23-22. Despite trailing by just a single point, they were outscored 21-10 in the fourth quarter, and lost to the Cardinals 44-32.
Junior Morgan Meacham scored 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Chargers, who were just 23 percent from the field on 11 of 47 shooting, including 2 of 17 from the three-point line. AC/GC made just eight of 16 foul line shots. Madison Berger chipped in 13 points, and Leigan Laughery added five points, four rebounds and two steals. Savana Fuller pulled down eight rebounds for the Chargers, who are now 3-6.
“Kids enjoyed the big game feel,” Charger head coach Jim Blythe said. “The feel was unlike anything the girls had played in before.”
In the boys game, Earlham went on a 27-6 run in the third quarter and handed AC/GC a 77-44 loss.
The Chargers trailed 37-28 at the halftime break. Colton Sargent scored 14 points to lead the Chargers and Caden Wardyn chipped in seven points. The Chargers were 18 of 40 — 45 percent — from the field, including one of five from the three point line. They made seven of 10 foul line tosses. Sargent and Wardyn each pulled down five rebounds for AC/GC. Bryce Littler passed our four assists. The Chargers were charged with 23 turnovers.
“Although the game didn’t go as we had hoped, there were some positives,” Charger head coach Jake Mohling said. “Basketball is a game of runs and we withstood an early first quarter run by Earlham and fought back in the second. The third quarter Earlham caught fire and we had some breakdowns which ultimately decided the game."
The AC/GC boys are now 0-8 overall.
“Playing in Wells Fargo was an experience I’m sure these boys won’t forget,” Mohling said. “Being that the state tournament is held there, that was nice for our players to get a taste for what it’s like to be there, as making the state tournament is the ultimate goal for every program.”